student accepted to hospital fellowship
By Scott Bigelow
paid off for UNC Pembroke graduate student Ron Gaskins, who was accepted
this spring into a highly coveted hospital fellowship in Chicago.
Gaskins, who will
graduate in May 2004 from the Master of Public Administration
(MPA) program, will begin work in July at Lake Forest Hospital in suburban
Chicago. The fellowship pays competitive wages and benefits and puts
Gaskins into an intensive management-training environment.
care fellowship is a transition between the academic world and health
care management," Gaskins said. "I will work with the hospital
CEO and senior level management to get exposure to a wide variety of
A Lumberton resident
and 2001 UNCP graduate, Gaskins majored in Mass Communications with
a public relations concentration. In his fellowship year, he will work
in public relations, marketing, strategic, financial and clinical operations.
"It is a learning
environment that leads to full-time employment," he said.
A hospital fellowship
is a very valuable career experience, said Dr. Nicolas Giannatasio.
A former hospital administrator, Dr. Giannatasio is coordinator of UNCP's
"Ron is going
to do very well in this fellowship," Dr. Giannatasio said. "He
is a very good student and one of the most persistent young men I know."
Gaskins is the first
MPA graduate from UNCP to be accepted into a fellowship from the relatively
new MPA medical track, Dr. Giannatasio said.
"We had several
students get into great internship programs, but Ron's accomplishment
is a first for us," Dr. Giannatasio said. "This speaks well
of Ron and of the strength of our program."
Gaskins said he
applied for more than 50 fellowships that were posted on the web site
of the American College of Health Care Executives. (UNCP Chancellor
Allen C. Meadors is a senior fellow of the professional group.)
are located all over the country, and they are very competitive,"
Gaskins said. "I believe this shows that an MPA degree from UNCP
is good training to get into hospital/health care management."
Lake Forest Foundation
is a non-profit corporation that owns and operates the 214-bed Lake
Forest Hospital, an 80-bed skilled nursing facility, a child care center,
several medical office buildings, two fitness centers and a new $22
million women's center.
Gaskins said several
positive experiences at UNCP convinced him that health care was the
right career field for him.
"I had some
classes that exposed me to health care, but, as a graduate assistant,
I got a job at Disability Support Services (DSS)," Gaskins said.
"At DSS, I saw the positive role that health care agencies play
in people's lives."
From there, Gaskins
worked internships at Bladen County Hospital, Southeastern Regional
Medical Center and Scotland Memorial Hospital.
interning at Scotland Memorial was awesome," he said. "I created
a new management orientation program for them."
top executive staff and helped Bladen County Hospital write a grant
to expand its emergency room. He said the MPA program was the key that
unlocked the doors of opportunity.
"It has been
a really good program for me," Gaskins said. "I've had some
great professors, and I've enjoyed it."
For more information
on UNCP's Master of Public Administration Program, please call 910.521.6634
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The program
offers day, evening and online classes for practicing and aspiring administrators
in public sector organizations, and is also for executives in non-profit
sectors, and in private organizations that interact consistently with
public agencies or which maintain government or public affairs offices.
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